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Claiming Income Support and other benefits

This factsheet gives details of the benefits and tax credits you can receive if you have a child under five and you are not working, or work fewer than 16 hours a week. It explains what income support is and how to make a claim. There is also information on other financial help, such as tax credits for your children and help with housing costs.

If you don’t qualify for income support or aren’t able to work because you are disabled or unwell, there is a list of other helpful Gingerbread resources at the end of this factsheet.

For more advice contact the Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline on 0808 802 0925. Calls are free.

Note: If you have recently come to the United Kingdom, have limited right to be here, or are from the European Union, you may not have the right to claim the benefits set out in this factsheet. Get advice before claiming. See the list at the end of this factsheet for organisations that can help.

Universal credit is a new benefit system that will replace many of the current benefits and tax credits. Some families with children who are claiming benefits or tax credits for the first time in certain areas must now claim universal credit instead. For more information on universal credit and how it may affect your family please visit the Gingerbread website and search 'universal credit'.

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